fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby dun » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:59 am

When the deer blow through one of the hotwire gates and stretches the spring too long to be tight I'll put a couple of big Zs in it to take up the slack.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:30 pm

I used to be a big fan of a Texas fence fixer. I still use mine some, but there are better options.

A jakes wire tightener is a pretty good choice, if you are running electricity through barbed wire. It's always there if you need to tighten it.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby pdubdo » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:50 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
callmefence wrote:I guess I m the only one that threw up a little bit.


Nope. I had to eat breakfast twice today.


Glad I could help y'all lose weight :). This is why I always enjoy this forum--helps to weed out the junk from the decent information.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby callmefence » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:24 pm

pdubdo wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:
callmefence wrote:I guess I m the only one that threw up a little bit.


Nope. I had to eat breakfast twice today.


Glad I could help y'all lose weight :). This is why I always enjoy this forum--helps to weed out the junk from the decent information.


In all seriousness a crimp or gripple makes for a easy proper repair.
I certainly understand finding a down fence and having to throw a emergency bandaid on it with whatever you have on hand. The late great m5 has a slick little trick but I am sworn to secrecy on it.
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Postby JW IN VA » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:03 pm

I like what I've seen some folks do with woven wire.It would work well with barbed,too.When building new fence ,put tentioners like they use in hi tensile smooth.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:16 am

JW IN VA wrote:I like what I've seen some folks do with woven wire.It would work well with barbed,too.When building new fence ,put tentioners like they use in hi tensile smooth.


You mean something like Gripples? :bang: FYI, 15.5 and 16 gauge barbed use Medium Gripples....14 gauge and 12.5 gauge use Barbed Gripples.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:31 am

JW IN VA wrote:I like what I've seen some folks do with woven wire.It would work well with barbed,too.When building new fence ,put tentioners like they use in hi tensile smooth.


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I think he means something like this.
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Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:14 am

Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:29 am

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.


I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby callmefence » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:30 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
JW IN VA wrote:I like what I've seen some folks do with woven wire.It would work well with barbed,too.When building new fence ,put tentioners like they use in hi tensile smooth.


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I think he means something like this.


Dam grit .. good thing you didn't have a big ol tunafish on there.

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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:36 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.


I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?


Drive your posts straight and get your fence tight before you tie to the posts.
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Postby callmefence » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:36 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.


I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?


If your having to pull that much to tighten a wire. It was never tight to begin with. In all honesty. A net or barbwire fence should never have to re tightened. At least not in the south.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:38 am

callmefence wrote:
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Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.


I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?


If your having to pull that much to tighten a wire. It was never tight to begin with. In all honesty. A net or barbwire fence should never have to re tightened. At least not in the south.


Or the north. That's what HT wire is all about.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 am

callmefence wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:
Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Ya, TG, I know what he meant but what I'm getting at is, there is something better and considerably cheaper on the market. Gripples are not just a splice device. They are a tensioning device. I give up on uploading a picture. It ain't happening today.

And the top crimp in your picture has come apart even though the fence isn't tight.


I'm going to give Gripples a try one of these days. They look like a great idea to me. I do have a question, how do you make all the T - post look plum without retieing the wire on the T post ?


If your having to pull that much to tighten a wire. It was never tight to begin with. In all honesty. A net or barbwire fence should never have to re tightened. At least not in the south.


Mine needs re tightening and is really loose and yes should of been high tensile but isn't. And yes I should of pulled it tighter but I didn't. And did they even make high tensile field fence 20 years ago? I want to fix what I have not put up new and re tie everything.
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Re: fence tightening trick--but does it work long term?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:44 am

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This is a 100' stretch of deer net. The only posts it's fastened to are the ends. She is about 25' from an end in this pic. Wire is held together with Gripples. Start with good braces and tight fence, and there is never an adjustment to make unless some sort of damage (big tree, car, elephant, etc) happens.
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